CDC: HIV Infections in the U.S. Declining

On February 15, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the estimated number of annual HIV infections (HIV incidence) nationally, by transmission route, and by state from 2008-2014 in the United States. Between 2008 and 2014, estimated annual HIV infections declined:

  • 18 percent among Americans overall
  • 56 percent among people who inject drugs
  • 36 percent among heterosexuals
  • 18 percent among gay and bisexual men aged 13-24
  • 18 percent among white gay and bisexual men
  • Substantially in several states and Washington, D.C.

However, there were concerning increases in estimated annual HIV infections among gay and bisexual males of certain ages and ethnicities, with annual infections increasing:

  • 35 percent among gay and bisexual men aged 25-34 years
  • 20 percent among Latino gay and bisexual men

The findings were presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle and highlight the nation’s progress in addressing the HIV epidemic, but also point to the need for continued HIV prevention efforts.

For more information, see the CDC’s press release, view the fact sheet, and tune into CROI’s webinar on March 13 to hear more updates and outcomes from the conference.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments’ best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO’s communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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